July 28, 2003 - Posted at: 8:15 p.m. CDT
JONESBORO, Ark. -- Many faces have come and gone from your television set over the last 40 years at KAIT. Some of these people came here seeking employment, but found something far more personal.
In fact, you could say working at KAIT signaled the beginning of a life-long adventure. Former personalities Jenna and Trey Stafford are one such example.
There is not much time to watch television these days in the Stafford family. Not with two-year-old triplets: Chaz, John David, Treyson; and big sister, four-year-old Ellie. But, if it hadn't been for KAIT, all this might never have been.
"It was my first job out of college and I had sent resumes all over the country and I just ended up in Jonesboro," said Jenna Stafford, formerly Jenna Newton when she worked as an anchor, reporter, and photographer for KAIT.
Back then, Jenna was one-half the anchor team of Good Morning Region 8, and a reporter who took on tough assignments. One of those assignments would lead her to eventually cover the murders of three 8-year-old boys in West Memphis.
Trey Stafford, who got his start in local radio way back when he was just a youngster himself at the age of 9 in Marked Tree, was the weekend weatherman at KAIT back in 1993. At the time, Trey had to take orders from a certain young lady in the newsroom.
"(Jenna) was my first producer," Trey said.
"And he loved me," Jenna joked.
"When I first started weather with Jenna, we had 3 1/2 minutes for weather and then she cut me down to 3, and then 2 1/2. And when it got down to two, we had to talk," Trey said.
"I didn't think weather was very important. I thought news was more important," Jenna said.
"I said, 'Jenna..we're going to have to talk about this. I gotta have more time,'" Trey said.
Trey got more time, as friendship soon gave way to a life-long commitment.
"I think that God sent me here not really to be a reporter, but to meet Trey," Jenna said.
And to become a mother.
"(We) had Ellie in '98," Jenna said. "That went pretty well. So we thought we'd have another one."
But one turned into three.
"It was a total surprise," Jenna said. "We don't have any multiples in our family. We weren't doing fertility treatments. It was just great. It was a God thing. For some reason, he laid this on us. But, it's been great. We wouldn't trade it for anything."
"I tell you what," Trey said. "God played a trick on me is what the whole thing is.
"The whole time, from the day I met Jenna, anytime we ever talked about the future, she always said: 'I always thought I was going to have four kids.' And I can remember thinking 'Yeah, right. I can stop that.'"
Now the Staffords look upon their days at KAIT with fond memories, especially the time they paired up on Halloween dressed as the Tony Brooks/Diana Davis anchor team.
"She's an awesome wife," Trey said. "A great mom. I can't imagine doing what we're doing with anybody else but her. I mean she's very good."
Will their children follow in their broadcasting footsteps? Only time will tell. One thing that is for certain though.
"I'm glad I got the chance to be on Channel 8," Jenna said.